Switchblade Sisters (1999)
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Average Rating: 4.4/10
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Exploitation auteur Jack Hill wrote and directed this wild, often satiric girl-gang movie, whose story is loosely (make that very, very loosely) based on Othello. The Silver Daggers are a gang of young hoods who control an inner-city high school, where they sell drugs and sex to the student body and fight anyone who gets in their way. The Daggers have a ladies' auxiliary, The Dagger Debs, who rumble just as hard as the men, but one day chief Dagger Deb Lace (Robbie Lee) meets her match in Maggie
Jan 1, 1975 Wide
Jul 3, 2001
Rolling Thunder Pictures
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The acting is so bad that apparently none of the performers ever got another job in the movies, and the costumes in Ben Hur seem less dated that those on display here.
A terrific example of efficient, resourceful filmmaking, and its depiction of urban ills is, if anything, all too prophetic.
To watch Switchblade Sisters is to visit a never-never land of shopworn media images colliding in a tabloid high school of the mind.
Sublime, exploitative camp.
Just good enough to make it understandable why someone else might really like it. And it's just bad enough to make you wonder about such a person.
The gung-ho corniness, colorful characters, and unflinching bad-ass attitude are just so damn entertaining, and Hill is never apologetic...
This movie never pretends to be more than what it is, which is pure exploitation.
This is a film with all the itchily sweet passion of a Shangri-Las anthem, cranked up to full volume.
A nifty little movie, full of all the lurid teases, off-the-cuff production values, and trenchant topicality that make exploitation movies the fascinating cultural time capsules and filmmaking treasures that they are.
Like most things that fall over into the ever expanding trap of 70s revivalism, it's kitsch and it's fun but in a rather restricted way.
So hilarious, so trashy, and so utterly enjoyable that it truly must be seen to be believed.
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